World Nuclear News: This report describes the future of nuclear power around the world for the next half century. In Europe and North America there are hardly any plans to replace nuclear with new nuclear, except in France and Russia. In Asia, China clearly intends to make full use of nuclear power with their own developed best nuclear technologies. The electric power needs of modern economies are fairly predictable. To meet those needs, it is best to use the most reliable and controllable energy sources. That is what Asia is doing with fossil fuels and nuclear power. In Europe and North America, politicians and certain factions of the public are choosing very dilute wind and solar power, which are variable, unpredictable and even not available at all. This clearly will lead to strong Asian economies and weak economies in Europe and North America. Strong economies have historically plundered weak economies for land, water and resources: the Persian Empire, Greece's Alexander, Rome's European Empire, Hitler's LEBENSRAUM, European conquests of the Americas. Do oblivious self-centered idealists in Europe and North America think it will be otherwise with their elitist environmental dreams of wind and solar power, with most manufacturing being done on the other side of the world?
Edgar Ocampo Tellez: El propósito de este trabajo es el de realizar un acercamiento a las condiciones que serán necesarias construir durante las próximas décadas para que México logre alcanzar un modelo energético sostenible hacia el horizonte 2050. - The objective of this paper is to examine all energy sources for Mexico to have sustainable energy supplies by 2050. This primarily includes wind, solar, fossil fuels. There are no plans to replace their nuclear plants, in part because there are no companies in the USA or Europe to build them. So far, Mexico has not turned to Russia, China or South Korea to provide new nuclear plants.
Alexander Hellemans, IEEE Spectrum: As soon as the new Dutch government took office in October, it announced an aggressive target—to reduce carbon emissions by 49 percent by 2030. This will ultimately require the Netherlands to sequester 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year—equivalent to the annual emissions produced by 4.5 coal-fired power plants. Sequestering that much CO2 underground will be difficult, whether it’s captured directly from the flues of power stations and steel mills or extracted from the air. Currently, the Netherlands sequesters less than 10,000 metric tons of CO2 annually.
Vaclav Smil, Czech-Canadian scientist and policy analyst. Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba in Canada: The human craving for novelty is insatiable, and in a small matter you can meet it in no time at all, particularly when Moore’s Law can help you. It took a single decade to come up with entirely new mobile phones. But you just can’t replicate that pace of adoption with techniques that form the structure of modern civilization—growing food, extracting energy, producing bulk materials, or providing transport on mass scales.
IEEE SPECTRUM, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.: IEEE Spectrum’s editors and writers investigate a dozen of the world’s most promising projects to cut greenhouse gases. We soaked up some of the best thinking on the use of tech to cut carbon emissions. But what did it all suggest collectively? Could these projects, and others like them, make a real difference? Let’s just say that they don’t call them “miracles” for nothing.